In light of the squeeze in hard drive prices ...
I brilliantly ordered new HDD about one week before the news of the impending floods came up. I am a genius.
Windows 8 Desktop 'Just Another App'?
This move to modularity is probably overall good, however, does the optional Windows 8 legacy UI remind anyone else of 1995? Remember when you stared the Windows 95 GUI by typing "win.exe"? And, of course, whenever possible, you tried to run applications from DOS without the Windows GUI sucking up performance. There was a (sometimes) significant performance penalty for running Windows "app" on top of DOS.
If the 1995-esque performance penalties are there for running explorer.exe on top of the new Windows 8 Metro UI, that will be bad news.
Massive LinkedIn IPO Raises Dotcom Bubble Concerns
You are SO stuck in the 20th century. Haven't you heard? "Money" is completely obsolete. I heard about it on all the Gawker Media websites yesterday -- BitCoin is here!
Nah, there's no new dotcom bubble. Everything's fine! I'm going to go spend some Flooz on a stock option or two.
Which Grad Students Are the Most Miserable?
This is an important distinction -- why does the wealthiest country in the history of the world (today's US) have "miserable" scholars? Public funding is crucial in determining what (and even whether) scientific research is undertaken. The current political environment in the United States, which sees the debate between Democrats and Republicans reduced to how much public spending to cut, is generally hostile to research funding. This will inevitably lead to a decrease in the number of people who pursue Ph.D.'s in the US.
Google Launches New Assault On Microsoft Office
Google docs has real-time collaboration (you can see other people's edits as they happen). The video on collaboration for Google Cloud Connect in MS Office says you have to save before edits are synced to all collaborators. Sounds like a recipe for lots of sync inconsistencies to me.
First Electric Cars Have Power Industry Worried
Whatever happened to the new power grid that President Bush promised before and again after the great American blackout of 2003?
The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...
The oldest file on my computer is a story I wrote for English class in junior high school, when I was about 14 years old. Entitled "School 2015," I describe a fantastic futuristic computerized world where all schoolwork and basic life tasks were accomplished with the help of computers. Not making this up -- when computers have something to say in this world I invented, they announce themselves by saying, "BING!"
New Google Research On Social Networks
Separating friend lists on Facebook as you describe doesn't support all of the functions mentioned in the slideshow. For example, posting comments on Facebook photos goes out to all people with permission to see your comments on photos. The slideshow suggests allowing different comments to be seen by different groups of friends. In the current Facebook implementation, your friends either have permission to see all your comments on all photos, or none.
Sony Finally Turning a Profit On PS3s
1. use conflict minerals to make playstations
2. fund warlords
Home Computers Equal Lower Test Scores
What's more important in life? Computer skills or getting high test scores?
Traffic-Flow Algorithm Can Reduce Fuel Consumption
Eight Mile Road and other major thoroughfares in Detroit, Michigan have traffic lights timed so that drivers traveling at the speed limit will almost always encounter green lights.
Flash Destroyer Tests Limit of Solid State Storage
Just checked out the video feed. The chip already lasted longer than 1 million writes, which is the number of writes the chip is supposed to last over its lifetime. As of this writing, the chip has survived more than 1,600,000 write cycles and counting.
Still, since this test isn't on an actual, shipping solid state drive (SSD) product, the results will be discounted by a lot of critics.
HP Confirms Slate To Run WebOS
I think worrying about webOS not working on a slate PC is exactly the wrong thing to worry about.
The much bigger question is whether moving webOS off of the smartphone will dilute and fragment the operating system too much.
I think webOS is the best designed OS for a phone because it's designed to work with both touch and a fully qwerty keyboard. Looking up contacts, searching for apps, sending a message -- webOS is optimized to do that in the shortest number of "clicks." Better than iPhone OS, better than Android, better than Blackberry. I like that. I want webOS to stay that way.
If webOS is moved to a slate PC -- with no keyboard and no phone -- I fear that webOS will lose its advantages as the smartest smartphone OS. And webOS developers would start writing more for slate apps, not smartphone apps. That would suck, especially for those of us who took the plunge and signed up for a 2 year contract with a Palm Pre.
iPad Is Destroying Netbook Sales
Correlation != Causation.
Correlation is not the same thing as causation.
When two things are happening at the same time, it doesn't mean that they have a relationship with one another.
This coffee is hot, and netbook sales are down.
You're an idiot, and iPads are selling like hotcakes.
Microsoft Office 2010, Dissected
I unfortunately don't have much experience with Visual Studio, so I won't be able to offer any shining insights on that, but I'll take your invitation to elaborate anyway.
The improvements in the core (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote) Office 2010 applications over their Office 2007 counterparts are very minor. The most notable change is a customizable "Ribbon," so you can move buttons around on the user interface. Also, the OneNote application is significantly improved with the addition of a "recycle bin" for recently deleted notes, enhanced notebook sharing, and a host of smaller improvements that really add up to a totally new experience. The rest of the improvements are incremental and unimaginative. Word has a new navigation and find/replace interface. Excel has slightly fancier charts. PowerPoint lets you edit videos. Outlook finally catches up to Gmail with "conversation view."
The other headline change in Office 2010 is the addition of the browser-based applications. But these web applications aren't even really ready for primetime yet, and you can get access to a browser-based Office without buying 2010.
These changes are all well and good, but does any of this seriously and significantly improve the daily workflow of an Office 2007 user? Probably not, unless you really need one of the new features. If you're looking for a "general upgrade," Office 2010 is way too expensive to justify. Wait for the next version.
Microsoft Office 2010, Dissected
I've been using the Office 2010 beta for a while now. If you're using Office 2003, it's worth it to upgrade. If you're using Office 2007, don't bother.
BlackBerry Predicted a Century Ago By Nikola Tesla
Here's a PDF of the original interview in the New York Times:
The Data-Driven Life
Speaking of DS9: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/01/a-goldman-observation/
Palm WebOS Hacked Via SMS Messages
RTFA - webOS 1.4 (the current version) patches this vulnerability.
Stop beating up on Palm.
Sprint Unveils HTC Evo 4G Super Phone
3 good reasons to get a Pre:
cheapest unlimited data and texting plan
1 good reason to not get a Pre:
The Pre has a mirror on the back
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